The conference was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and in part by the Academy.
Idiopathic scoliosis and Scheuermann's kyphosis are spinal curvature disorders effecting both children and adolescents where the use of an orthosis has been shown to successfully prevent progression of curvatures in those who would otherwise worsen if left untreated. Because of this, Orthotists are frequently referred patients requiring a custom orthosis to treat these relatively common disorders. In recognition of the wide variety of clinical presentations, and the significant psychosocial and clinical team challenges that can accompany the orthotic treatment of these disorders, the Academy convened a consensus conference in February, 2002 to critically analyze the peer-reviewed literature on the subject and to provide guidance on how best to serve this patient population.
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